Hope Rising

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas!

"...Jesus Christ, on account of His great love for mankind, 

became what we are in order to make us what He is Himself."

St. Iranaeus 


 Since my great intentions to get real Christmas cards went out the window this year, consider this your Christmas card from us. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The way I'm thinking of the Christmas Story this year...

I know that we are all aware these facts, but this is how they have been tumbling through my mind in the last few weeks as I've contemplated the story of my Savior's birth:
Mary was an unwed girl when she became pregnant.

 Joseph became Jesus' stepfather.

 He chose a dirty stable, not a beautiful palace, for the arrival of His precious Son.

The baby, the Son of God, was placed in a well-used feeding trough.

The occupation of a shepherd was a job for the lower class--and to whom did the Infinitely Wise Father have His angels announce His Son's birth?

The magi were Gentiles, seeking to worship a Jewish King.

I believe that God was making a point, even from the very beginning of the Jesus story: perhaps something to do with redemption.

It makes me wonder where we got our Christian misconceptions about who a Redeeming God will work through and where a Redeeming God will show up.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Let the Stable Still Astonish

Let the stable still astonish:
Straw--dirt floor, dull eyes,
Dusty flanks of donkeys, oxen;
Crumbling, crooked walls;
No bed to carry that pain,
And then, the Child,
Rag-wrapped, laid to cry
In a trough.
Who would have chosen this?
Who would have said: "Yes,
Let the God of all the heavens and earth
Be born here, in this place"?
Who but the same God
Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms
Of our hearts
And says, "Yes,
Let the God of Heaven and Earth
Be born here--
In this place."

Leslie Leyland Fields